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Help us and learn about Organic Leather Tanning in Mönchmeierhof, Austria

  • Austria
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  • Last activity: 27/01/2023

Availability

  2023 

 Min stay requested: 1 month or more

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello everbody!

    Coming to my organic tannery in Austria. is a natural and primal experience.
    As far as I know, I am the last of my kind, that only uses bark and water to extract tannin, that tans hides into leather. I only use bark from european trees like oak, willow or spruce for this. Naturally this means, that I don’t use any chemical, synthetics, poison or chrom-salts at all. Instead my ingredients, apart from water, are lime, vinegar, bark and oil, and nothing else.

    Many of my hides are saved from going directly to the waste bin, as so many hides today are just thrown away.
    A tanning cycle lasts about 4-6 weeks, that’s why I recommend you to stay that long.
    What you tan by hand aside from my batch, is yours, and you may take it home.

    Just to make things clear - I am a one-man-band and you do not replace a paid worker.
    It is a pure and straight volunteer experience.

    Please mail me

    I am looking forward to meet you

    Alex

    UPDATE: I have professional equipment for shoemakers now
    UPDATE: I have a professional leather sewing machine now
    UPDATE: As one of my workawayers didn't like the silence here - I live in a village
    with no pub, shop or any entertainment, all we have is a forrest
    UPDATE: Coming here also means to help my wife in the garden, cut fire wood etc., not only in the tannery
    UPDATE: I made my first pelts from sheep
    UPDATE: I made Horse, Catfish and Sturgeon Leather
    UPDATE: I am looking for mechanics, welders and carpenters helping me repair some machines in the workshop,
    and for tailors to sew stuff from my leather, aka leatherworkers, leather craftsmen, leather fashion designers, shoemakers, leather tailors, saddlers, Sattler, Schuster, Schuhmacher, Lederschneider, Taschner, Galanteristen

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Tan your own leather by hand, learn something about herbs

  • Help

    Help

    If you help me you will learn:

    - how to tan by hand, so that you can continue tanning back home too
    - how to dehair, deflesh, tan, soften hides to make leather
    - how to tan with normal machines available everywhere (e.g. washing machines)
    - how real tannery machines work (the main work you will help me with)
    - see products made of rawhide and/or leather like drums, jackets, shoes, trousers, rucksack, purses and many others

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Italian: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You have your own space in a separate house on the farm, your own sleeping room, bathroom, toilet and kitchen. You will be fully provided with food, and I usually cook once a day. I want you to cook too, though.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live next to a forrest with alot of local plants. Next town is 10km away. Usual work time is about 5 hours a day, every 4th-5th day is free.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 699372926346

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